By Katie Daubs Feature Writer Sun., March 17, 2019 Taylor Clarke was suspicious of Bengal cats, celery juice, and people with no apparent jobs who were always on vacation. He held up a mirror to Toronto, the unaffordable city he loved, and he called out the most ridiculous, unfair parts. In his corner of the internet, as Chef Grant Soto, he created a community for people to laugh and vent their frustrations. On March 8, he died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 38. Taylor Clarke was a screenwriter who had worked in the restaurant industry. He channelled his insights about the ego-driven business into Grant Soto, a “celebrity chef” who served owl meat to his elite customers and even worse meals to his staff. As Clarke described the absurd and fictitious exploits on social media, he skewered Toronto’s restaurant scene. He used his account to draw attention to injustice in the industry, and when he needed a break from confrontation, he … [Read more...] about The man who held up a mirror to an ego-driven restaurant industry — and the shallowness of the city he loved
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source Avery Hartmans/Business Insider The Gravity Blanket is a weighted blanket that’s intended to help you feel less stressed and sleep better. The blanket began as a Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $4.7 million. Now, Gravity says the blanket has netted more than $15 million in sales. I tested the blanket – along with Gravity’s weighted sleep mask – for a few weeks and got some of the best sleep of my life. The Gravity Blanket helped my mind to stop racing and put me to sleep almost instantly. When first I got a Gravity Blanket to test out, I had big plans for turning it into a scientific experiment. I would wear an Apple Watch, I reasoned, to test how my heart rate responded to a weighted blanket. I planned to take notes about my mood and stress levels to measure whether the blanket could actually relax my central nervous system and calm … [Read more...] about What it’s like to use the Gravity Blanket, a $250 weighted blanket that’s designed to reduce stress and help you sleep
We spend around a third of our lives in bed. Though we may associate beds with comfort, the very place could be a “botanical park” of bacteria and fungus, according to New York University microbiologist Philip Tierno. As quoted by Kompas from Science Alert, "You have spores of fungi, bacteria, animal dander, pollen, soil, lint, finishing agents of whatever the sheets are made from, coloring material, all sorts of excrements from the body including sweat, sputum, vaginal and anal excretions, urine milieu, skin cells," said Tierno. He also added a list of other possibilities, ranging from cosmetics and food, which could provide a nice environment for those organisms. It is said that humans naturally produce 98.4 liters of sweat in bed every year. At high humidity, this kind of moisture is an “ideal fungal culture medium”. Read also: Washing new clothes necessary to prevent skin irritation With time passing, Tierno said the accumulated amount of fungi and … [Read more...] about How often you should wash bed sheets?
By Kelly Geraldine Malone The Canadian Press Tues., March 27, 2018 WINNIPEG—A 24-hour safe space for youth is being dedicated to the memory of a 15-year-old Manitoba Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced almost $350,000 in funding Tuesday to expand the program at Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre in Winnipeg. Tina’s great-aunt, Thelma Favel, said the family worked with local organizations and the federal government to get the funding in her honour. Read more: Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine Article Continued Below Toronto protesters demand justice for Tina Fontaine and other Indigenous girls Winnipeg march to honour Tina Fontaine calls for change to protect Indigenous youth “It was Tina’s dream to work with children and that’s why we decided a safe haven would be good in her honour,” Favel said. “She always said the … [Read more...] about Winnipeg safe space for youth dedicated to Tina Fontaine
WINNIPEG—DNA testing found no traces linking the man accused of killing Tina Fontaine to the duvet cover in which her body was found in the Red River in Winnipeg, an expert witness testified Thursday.Amarjit Chahal also told Raymond Cormier’s second-degree murder trial that his lab found none of Cormier’s DNA on samples from a stolen truck that the Crown believes was used to transport the 15-year-old girl’s body.No DNA from Tina was found in the samples from the truck either, Chahal said.Chahal’s lab ran mitochondrial DNA tests on 35 samples including hairs, swabs and pieces of fabric. Mitochondrial DNA tests can be less definitive than nuclear DNA tests often used in forensics, but are necessary when samples have deteriorated, he said.The testimony came one day after a forensic pathologist testified he could not determine how Tina died. … [Read more...] about No DNA links between accused, objects connected to Tina Fontaine’s death, trial hears